Twelve years ago Malmsey Rangaka, a trained clinical psychologist, pursued a business opportunity in wine farming. Known as the “matriarch” and “live force” behind M’hudi Wines, she and her husband Diale are pioneer entrepreneurs, heading South Africa’s first black-owned wine farm.
Over the past decade, M’hudi Wines has grown into a three-tiered business. The “wine side of the business” as Rangaka explains, boasts with three ranges of wine: the Platinum brand, the Say Lovey brand (launched last year) and the sparkling wine brand known as “Palesa”. The B-BBEE winemaker has also recently received two Premium Awards from South African Airways for its red wines. M’hudi is also involved in fruit production which includes guavas. Beyond wine, the business has also introduced a tourism aspect to it. They now have a wine-tasting facility, bed and breakfast and a venue to host dances.
Despite their rapid growth, Rangaka says they never anticipated this success when they bought the farm through the Land Bank in 2003. She doesn’t regret the move, although Gauteng remains home, she wouldn’t trade her office in the vineyard for the traffic in Johannesburg.
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